Tall Bearded Iris 'Autumn Circus'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Circus
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1990
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Reblooming (Re)




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clanton, Alabama

Laceys Spring, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Yosemite Lakes, California

Carrollton, Georgia

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Anacoco, Louisiana

Danvers, Massachusetts

Revere, Massachusetts

Clawson, Michigan

Brunswick, Missouri

Candler, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Statesville, North Carolina

Brinkhaven, Ohio

Croton, Ohio

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Albany, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Midland, Texas

Palo Pinto, Texas

Mc Lean, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2013, joanmwc from Clanton, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This iris bloomed four different times for me last year. It multiplies really well and its blooms are prolific. Mine gets morning sun and afternoon shade and is thriving. Pictures can't really do justice to this flower.


On May 22, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1994


On Nov 27, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very good grower and a healthy plant. Reblooms in the fall/winter.


On Nov 17, 2004, tazzy from Sand Springs, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hard to remonte In OK> When it blooms in Fall has good strong tall stalks,same as spring bloom. Bloom dates 2004 May 5th and Nov. 17
S. white lightly peppered blue violet / F. white bold lines radiating from white beard ,blue violet edge /blue to yellow in throat.


On Sep 17, 2004, txgimgim from Palo Pinto, TX wrote:

This iris has increased well for me. I have it growing in a bed that developed some bacterial rot in some of the iris. This iris developed rot, but with treatment it is coming back as strong as it was originally. Many others succumbed to rot.